Variety: Key Limes

Variety Overview

Key limes were grown commercially in the Florida Keys (hence their name) until groves were damaged by a hurricane in the 1920s. They're also known as Mexican or West Indian limes, and are more commonly available in the rest of the world than in the U.S. 

Key limes, significantly smaller than Persian limes, are slightly yellow and have more seeds than a Persian lime. Their fragrance is more aromatic and their juice has floral notes.


  • Limes
  • Citrus
  • Small, yellowish-green with a lightly pebbled skin

  • Yellow-green, with an aromatic scent

  • Slightly less tart than Persian limes, though Mexican varieties can be more bitter

  • An average Key lime is 1-2 inches in diameter

  • Yellow-green to green

  • Round

  • Yes
  • Small, white, oblong and abundant

  • Year-round, with Mexican varieties peaking from late summer to early winter

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